On Monday, the Princess of Wales shared a festive photo of herself on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ official Instagram account, to celebrate her upcoming charity service Together at Christmas. Kate wowed fans in a red sequin dress made by British designer Needle & Thread.
Kate wore the Needle & Thread Aurora Ballerina dress in ‘cherry red’, which costs £460. As well as being a fitting choice for the season, celebrity stylist and fashion coach Miranda Holder shared a possible “deeper meaning” behind the Duchess’ choice.
Miranda, also known as “your feel good fashion coach”, is known for her viral fashion videos which she shares on her TikTok @Themirandaholder page. She said: “Could anything say Christmas more than glitter and cheerful red?
“Kate looked stunning as always yesterday celebrating her upcoming charity singing service, but did you know that in addition to looking fabulously festive, there was a deeper meaning behind her outfit? This photo comes just after the Earth Shot award in Boston, an environmental cause close to Welsh hearts.
The Earthshot Prize is a global challenge based on five Earthshots, which are described as “ambitious goals for 2030 to solve our biggest environmental problems”. Kate and her husband, Prince William, attended the event this year to highlight sustainability and diplomacy.
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“Kate caused a stir in a praised dress that was a royal first, setting an example for her fashion-conscious fans to follow,” Miranda explained. “Fashion is one of the most polluted industries in the world and things need to change fast.”
For the Boston event, Kate opted to wear a lilac Alexander McQueen dress that had been in her wardrobe for a decade, as well as a bright green dress from Solace London that she had rented from UK platform HÜRR. Kate then continued to focus on sustainability with her red party dress on December 11, which has been a favorite wardrobe item for many years.
“For this photo, Kate continued her environmental message not only by re-wearing that old but beautiful favorite Needle & Thread dress, but by championing a small British brand that has an immaculate sustainability manifesto,” Miranda explained. Kate previously wore the Needle & Thread ‘Aurora’ cherry red sequin dress in January 2020 for the UK-Africa Summit reception.
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The dress remains available to buy on the Needle & Thread website today, priced at £460. The British designer aims to “create timeless investment pieces”. On its website, Needle & Thread explained: “Our fabrics, components and trims are carefully selected to stand the test of time and we are always looking for new ways to improve our product.
“By encouraging timeless wear, we try to reduce the risk of our parts being disposed of in an environmentally unfriendly way. Creating a more sustainable product is a constant challenge and we are very keen to do what we can. to work towards a more sustainable future.”
Royal fans were quick to applaud the princess’ eco-friendly outfit choice, with many commenting on Miranda’s TikTok video. One user posting as @Mad4art said, “Impeccable. She can’t be wrong.”
Another user named Christine said: “Love it. Red and gold for her majesty.” Other fans were happy to see that she was wearing a brand that was publicly available. Sha commented, “Oh wow. I wore Needle & Thread to my wedding rehearsal dinner. [I] I can’t believe I have something of the same brand as her.”
To complement her festive red dress, Kate wore her Gianvito Rossi 105 heels in matching red suede. These are sold out but a very festive velvet version is available from Net-a-Porter for £595.
She added the Soru Ruby earrings, £145, which also pair as a sweet nod to George. Her birthday is in July and ruby is the birthstone for that month.
The Soru brand was founded by two English and Sicilian sisters, who design the jewelry – made in Italy and Turkey – in the UK. It is sold at Selfridges, Harrods, Fenwick and Harvey Nichols and has been worn by Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Rita Ora.